What's On

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival & preceded by 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.

Friday 25 May, 8pm, €10

Aos Óg Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The future of our traditional music, singing and dance is always in the hands of the Aos Óg, the young generation.

The Aos Óg Concert has always been a key event in the Fleadh Nua, which takes place in Ennis each year.  This year, the concert will feature some of the best young traditional musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Clare and beyond.

Saturday 26 May, 2pm, €5

Last Night as I Lay Dreaming

presented by Fleadh Nua

‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ explores the life and song of traditional singer Robbie McMahon from Spancilhill in Co.Clare who is credited with bringing the folk song 'Spancilhill’ to a worldwide audience. The film documentary charts the huge contribution Robbie McMahon has made to the world of singing down through the years, both through his own compositions and his unique interpretation of traditional songs.

Duration: 65 minutes

Saturday 26 May, 8pm, €15

The Corner House Session

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Corner House is Cork’s most famous trad music pub and tonight’s concert will feature some of the musicians who have established the unique reputation of this venue, including Johnny McCarthy, (Fiddle), Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, (Uilleann Pipes), Aidan Coffey, (Accordion), and Colm Murphy, (Bodhrán).

They will be joined by Cyril O’Donoghue and other guests as they give a flavour of the music, singing and craic that is a feature of The Corner House Sessions.

Sunday 27 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Shandrum is the most exciting and successful Céilí Band to have competed at the Fleadh in many years. Following on their great success in achieving the three-in-a-row at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, we aredelighted to welcome the band to perform what will be an exciting and enthralling concert at Fleadh Nua.

Wednesday 30 May, 2pm, free of charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by glór & Clare Arts Office

Clare Arts Office teams up with glór for an afternoon of singing and nostalgia as we mark the Bealtaine Festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age.

Admission free and all are welcome, with light refreshments provided after the event.

Tuesday 3 July, 10am - 4.30pm, €40

A Maker Approach to Art and Interactivity

workshops for Adults, Artists and Educators

Make Create Innovate offer this hands-on, jargon-free one day workshop that will introduce you to physical computing using conductive materials, and MaKey MaKey hardware.

Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 July, €10 per session

Aerial Workshops

with Irish Aerial Creation Centre

11am to 12.30pm for ages 5-9
1.30pm to 3pm for ages 10-13
3.30pm to 5pm for ages 13+

In these workshops participants will have the opportunity to explore and learn aerial and acrobatic circus skills.

Wednesday 4 July, 3pm - 5pm, €10

Build an Interactive Animal

with Make Create Innovate

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 years old

This hands-on workshop explores MaKey MaKey hardware in a fun creative environment where participants are invited to explore the connections between art and technology.

Friday 6 July, 2pm - 4pm, Free event at the entrance to glór
Saturday 7 July, 12pm - 4pm, Free event at the entrance to glór

Be(e)tween: A Participatory Intervention

by Eileen Hutton

Be(e)tween: A Participatory Intervention by Eileen Hutton, is a sensory experience of bees and beekeeping in order to highlight the importance of honeybees as essential to our surrounding environment.

The installation consists of an observation hive on site; drawings illustrating patterns of bee behaviour, and a participatory event involving wearable, solar-powered, vibrating bee sculpture.

Friday 6 July, 2pm - 5pm, Free event

Game Over (v2)

by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo

Suitable for Older Children

Game Over (v2) is an interactive art installation by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo Ennis. It is a video game that uses Microsoft Kinect technology to insert the player into the game to survive a journey with multiple obstacles.

Content may not be suitable for younger children

Thursday 19 July, 8pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Following its highly acclaimed debut at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August and a sell-out performance last December, the Clare Youth Trad Orchestra returns to glór to celebrate Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Ennis.

The 100-strong collective from across the county will perform original arrangements of some trad favourites, under the direction of founder Padraic O'Reillyand will be joined by some surprise special guests from the trad world for another great performance.

Friday 20 July, 8pm, €20


as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia.

Featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada, Paul Finn, Damien Stenson, Tristan Rosenstock, Seán McElwain and the inimitable accordion player and singer from West Kerry, Séamus Begley.

Having completed a very successful tour of the U.S. in March, they are looking forward to performing in glór for Fleadh na Mumhan.

Saturday 21 July, 8pm, €20

Ceol na mBan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Ceol na mBan (Music of the Women) will be a very special concert featuring all women performers who have achieved great success as musicians and singers.  A number of well-known and internationally recognised Clare performers will be joined by musicians from other counties.

Sunday 22 July, 8pm, €27.50

Kilfenora Ceili Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

The most famous céilí band in the world, The Kilfenora, will make one of its few appearances in Clare at glór during Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan.

After more than one hundred years in the business, the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band is seen by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

They will be joined as usual by a number of well-known guests.